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NHO Helps Patients Keep Their Hair

Nebraska Hematology-Oncology recently announced that its patients will now have the DigniCap® Scalp Cooling System available to minimize hair loss from chemotherapy. Positive results from the multi-center FDA clinical trial, published in February 2017 by The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), indicate that seven out of ten patients using the DigniCap system kept at least 50% of their hair.

 “For many patients, hair loss is a very troublesome side effect of chemotherapy,” said Lisa Kendle, Director of Nursing at NHO. “DigniCap provides patients with a means to reduce hair loss while maintaining their privacy and self-esteem. We believe this is a significant advantage in caring for the whole patient and are proud to make this technology available to patients at Nebraska Hematology-Oncology.”

Patient in chair with Dignicap cap on their headFDA-cleared since 2015, DigniCap minimizes hair loss from certain chemotherapy treatments for women and men with solid tumors such as those associated with breast, ovarian, uterine, prostate, and other tissues.

The DigniCap Scalp Cooling System consists of a computerized cooling unit managed through a touch screen display and an attached cooling cap. The cap is fitted to the head, and temperature-regulated coolant continuously circulates through specially designed channels in the cooling cap. The temperature of the scalp is lowered, resulting in vasoconstriction with reduced delivery of chemotherapy to the scalp, as well as reduced cellular uptake of drugs due to decreased intrafollicular metabolic rate. These factors together reduce the risk of chemotherapy-induced hair loss.

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